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Aviation Inspector Job Outlook

There are currently an estimated 26,400 Aviation Inspectors in the United States. The Aviation Inspector job market is expected to grow by 1.2% between 2014 and 2024.

Aviation Inspector Employability Rating

F Sokanu rates Aviation Inspectors with a F employability rating, meaning this career should provide poor employment opportunities for the foreseeable future. Over the next 10 years, it is expected the US will need 7,100 Aviation Inspectors. That number is based on 300 additional Aviation Inspectors, and the retirement of 6,800 existing Aviation Inspectors.

Demand for Aviation Inspectors

Demand for aviation inspectors is consistently impacted by the stability of business and leisure travel, aviation fuel costs, and government budgets and subsidies. In the U.S., the majority of openings in the field will continue to be with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Aspiring inspectors with superior success in the field of civilian or military aircraft mechanics and maintenance will have the best job prospects. Those who complement their mechanical acumen with a pilot’s license further enhance their employability. Experienced inspectors who demonstrate managerial abilities may be candidates for more senior roles as section or branch chiefs or FAA Academy instructors or consultants. Due to the relatively small size of this occupation, job seekers willing to relocate to any of the FAA’s Air Carrier, General Aviation, or Flight Standards District Offices will increase their employment opportunities.

Supply of Aviation Inspectors

The Aviation Inspector industry is concentrated in New York, Texas, and California.

Aviation Inspector Job Market by State

State name Employed Aviation Inspectors
New York 4,160
Texas 3,720
California 3,110
Georgia 1,250
Florida 1,190
Illinois 1,070
Arizona 800
Ohio 750
Virginia 670
Massachusetts 620
Colorado 620
New Jersey 590
Pennsylvania 570
Oklahoma 560
Utah 550
Alabama 430
Missouri 400
Kansas 360
Minnesota 320
Michigan 310
Oregon 310
Maryland 300
Indiana 270
Nebraska 250
Tennessee 240
District of Columbia 240
Kentucky 230
Nevada 220
Alaska 210
Louisiana 200
New Mexico 200
Connecticut 190
Montana 180
Puerto Rico 170
Wyoming 170
Hawaii 150
Mississippi 140
North Carolina 140
Iowa 120
North Dakota 110
South Carolina 100
South Dakota 80
Rhode Island 50
Wisconsin 50
Maine 50
New Hampshire 50

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